Whitkirk Arts Guild


Whitkirk Arts Guild to perform play Barnbow Canaries at site of 1916 disaster

Leeds, United Kingdom – August 15, 2018

Whitkirk Arts Guild, a local amateur dramatics group, are proud to share news of their upcoming production of the play Barnbow Canaries. This play is based on the true story of the workers at the Barnbow Munitions Factory in East Leeds during the First World War. It focusses on the women who stepped into the job as men were sent to the front, and the highs, lows and cost of providing ammunition to the soldiers.

The play will be staged at the Barnbow Social Club on the 27th, 28th and 29th of September 2018. The club sits only a few hundred yards from the spot where in 1916 an accident claimed the lives of 35 women – the largest single loss of life in the history of Leeds.

The play by Alice Nutter premiered at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2016, with reviews calling it a “moving tribute” and “heartfelt salute” to the women whose deaths at the time were simply recorded as an “accident”.

Tickets to see this production of Barnbow Canaries can be booked online at whitkirkartsguild.com/canaries or by calling 0113 212 0066.

About Whitkirk Arts Guild

Whitkirk Arts Guild is an amateur dramatics society in Leeds. It has been performing to the people of East Leeds and both a source of entertainment and a creative outlet for the community since its founding in 1952. It has staged almost 200 different plays, pantomimes, musicals and revues over more than 60 years.

You can find out more on their website at https://whitkirkartsguild.com, on on their press page at https://whitkirkartsguild.com/press.


Nick Jackson

This release is available online at https://whitkirkartsguild.com/press/canaries.